It’s still not completely official, but the Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly hired Dodgers‘ farm director Gabe Kapler as their new manager. Jon Heyman and Robert Murray of FanRag Sports were the first to pass along the news, not long after the completion of Game 5 of the World Series in the wee hours of Monday morning.
According to the report, Kapler will be named manager as early as the conclusion of the World Series, which will end no later than Wednesday evening.
The Phillies began a search for a new manager in late September, after the club announced that Pete Mackanin would assume a new role in the front office after the conclusion of the 2017 season.
The 42-year-old Kapler played 12 seasons in the big leagues as an outfielder with the Tigers, Rangers, Rockies, Red Sox, Brewers and Rays. He hit .268/.329/.420 with 799 hits in 1104 games during that span.
The Hollywood native signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers in January of 2011 with an invitation to spring training, but decided to retire from playing after he was unable to earn a spot on the club’s 25-man big league roster.
As far as his managing experience goes, Kapler was skipper of the Single-A Greenville Drive, a Boston Red Sox affiliate, and guided the squad to a 58-81 record before resuming his playing career the following year. He also served as coach of Team Israel during the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Kapler joined the Dodgers’ front office in 2014 as director of player development, and has been highly admired around the league regarding the growth and progress of the Los Angeles farm system. He’s also known as a huge advocate of nutrition and fitness, as he has been instrumental in many players’ offseason fitness routines, as well as recreating the nutrition and diet plans in the big league clubhouse.
Kapler’s strong background in sabermetrics was one of the primary reasons for Philadelphia’s initial interest.
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